I was in the mountains this weekend and was driving down the highway just outside Estes Park (beautiful drive if you ever get to Colorado). I saw a shop with rustic furniture for sale outside. But what caught my eye were several HUGE planks of wood leaning against the building. I wasn’t sure if they were demo pieces or if he sold them separately.
I pulled in to the Pine Cone Furniture woodshop and asked about the planks out front. He said the big ones were on sale for $75 and the littler ones were on sale for $40. Seemed a little steep but I wanted to look a little closer. The board I liked was a full 25” across and 97” long. To top it off they were all 8/4 thickness. I calculated the board feet and came up with roughly 33.36 bf for the cost of $75. It was about $2.25 per board foot for some amazing wood. Very few knots with only a little loss on the edges since they were the wood just under the bark.
Now, here in Colorado we are suffering from a terrible pine beetle kill off. While it is terrible that these trees are dying, it makes finding good pine super easy. As a result of the beetle abuse, the dead wood takes on a blue stain that remains in the wood. Take a look at my Whale Box and my Pod box for illustrations of dramatic staining! So you end up with streaks and whole sections of wood that have built-in color. This was a Lodgpole Pine which means the grain is very straight with few imperfections. You can seen in the pictures that there is a wane in the plank. I don’t think it would detract from a big piece. If I split the board into smaller sections I may have to take that wane into account.
Now the problem. What do I do with a board this big? It begs to be a meeting/conference table but could also be a long coffee table with enough left over for a lamp table or two as well.
Thougts? Ideas? Recommendations? I’m listening.
-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO